Lesson Plans for Teachers

Lesson 1: Introducing the Arctic
 

In this lesson students will be introduced to the Arctic, its ecosystems, species, and climate by Geoff Green, founder of Students on Ice (SOI). Students will meet Geoff, learn about his career and the SOI program, and have the opportunity to explore an overview of the Arctic. Students will develop an understanding of key features of Arctic ecosystems and how the Arctic eco-region influences Canada.

Lesson 2: Adventures in Science
 

In this lesson students will have the opportunity to explore career paths related to the Arctic.  Students will get to meet several scientists from the Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN), as well as staff from the Students on Ice (SOI) program.  Through their explorations students will learn more about educational requirements, job descriptions, and opportunities for natural science careers.

 
Lesson 3: Arctic Food Webs
 

In this lesson students will have the opportunity to explore Arctic food webs with one of the Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN) scientists.  Students will meet the scientist, learn about his career and research methods, and explore some of the collection of Arctic animals found at the museum.  Through their explorations students will develop an understanding of the highlighted species, how they fit into Arctic food webs, and the concept of trophic structures.

Lesson 4: Arctic Life Aquatic
 

In this lesson students will have the opportunity to explore Arctic marine ecosystems with one of the Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN) scientists.  Students will meet the scientist, learn about his career and research methods, and explore some of the collection of Arctic marine organisms at the museum.  Through their explorations students will develop an understanding of several marine organisms, as well as the concept of keystone species and their role in Arctic marine ecosystems.

 
Lesson 5: Life at the Top of the World
 

In this lesson students will have the opportunity to explore Arctic plants with one of the Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN) scientists.  Students will meet the scientist, learn about her career and research methods, and explore some of the collection of Arctic plants found at the museum.  Through their explorations students will develop an understanding of the biological mechanisms that allow plants to survive in Arctic conditions.

Lesson 6: The Age of Ice

Lesson 6: The Age of Ice

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In this lesson students will have the opportunity to explore geological features of the Arctic and how they have been shaped by its climate over thousands of years alongside an Oceanographer from McGill University.  Through their explorations students will develop an understanding of the concept of geological time scales and interactions between geology and climate.

 
Lesson 7: Ancient Arctic

Lesson 7: Ancient Arctic

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In this lesson students will have the opportunity to explore Arctic fossils with one of the Canadian Museum of Nature (CMN) scientists.  Students will meet the scientist, learn about his career and research methods, and explore some of the collection of Arctic fossils found at the museum.  Through their explorations students will develop an understanding of how the environment can effect evolutionary change, and the ability to relate the complexity of the form and function of vertebrates to the evolutionary continuum of animals.

Lesson 8: Changing Climate
 

In this lesson students will explore the effect climate has on a wide variety of factors within the Arctic.  Students will also have the opportunity to further explore the effects of climate change in today’s Arctic and the potential consequences. Emphasis will be placed on student exploration of current issues and the development of critical thought.

 

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